FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Kid Sister
Save a little concert stamina for Chicago’s favorite rapping sibling when she kicks it old-school in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound series, her brash delivery bouncing off of 1980s-style synth funk and the bandshell’s brushed steel.
GO: July 19 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
ALSO THIS WEEK: The Benin supergroup Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou has asserted its soukous superiority over the dance floor for nearly 40 years—although this concert, in the wake of the band’s Western rediscovery by a French journalist, marks one of its first-ever U.S. shows, July 15 in Millennium Park.
dance Chicago Dancing Festival tickets
CDF doesn’t pirouette into town until August, but free tickets to the fest’s world-class performances get doled out July 16. Why the heads-up? Last year seats went in two hours, flat.
GO: Visit chicagodancingfestival.com for more information and to sign up for ticket alerts.
classical Planet Earth Live
If you missed this spectacular nature series when it aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007, here’s your chance to see jaw-dropping highlights from the show screened outside, with the composer of its Emmy-winning score, George Fenton, directing the Grant Park Orchestra.
GO: July 21 at 8:15. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. grantparkmusicfestival.com
theatre El Nogalar
The talk-of-the-town playwright Tanya Saracho presents a staged reading of her take on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, relocated to a Mexican pecan grove, as part of the Latino Theatre Festival. See it now for free; in March, the official world premiere debuts at regular Goodman prices.
GO: July 17 at 2. Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org
ALSO THIS WEEK: And also at the Goodman, though not free: Charenton, a deadly play-within-a-play named for the asylum where the Marquis de Sade was imprisoned for 13 years, marks the second act in the Cuban troupe Teatro Buendía’s U.S. debut.
galleries The Art of Touring
Your unofficial Pitchfork afterparty: a new exhibition of art made on and about the road by musicians, including Tim Rutili of Red Red Meat and Califone, Gina Black of The Blacks, Patrick Sansone of Wilco, and the Flosstradamus duo.
GO: Opening reception July 16 from 7 to 11. Show continues through Aug 7; see website for hours. Johalla Projects, 1561 N Milwaukee. johallaprojects.com/johalla
ALSO THIS WEEK: Two of the guys behind Touch and Go, the punk zine that gave birth to Chicago’s influential record label of the same name, wax reminiscent at Quimby’s on July 17; plus, the MCA’s 12x12 space turns into an orangerie for the week, citrus included.